According to data compiled and revealed by ACAP – Associação Automóvel de Portugal, in April 2020 the automotive sector reflected the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, producing 95.7 percent less than in the same period last year, having in April, for the first time in Portugal, light commercial vehicles were not produced.
In April 2020, only 1,238 light and heavy motor vehicles were produced in Portugal, with a drop of 95.7 percent.
In cumulative terms, in the first quarter of 2020, there was a decrease of 36.3 percent compared to the same period last year, corresponding to 78,442 units manufactured in 2020.
The statistical information for the four months of 2020 confirms the importance that exports represent for the automotive sector since 98.1 percent of vehicles manufactured in Portugal are destined for the foreign market, which, it should be underlined, contributes significantly for the Portuguese trade balance.
Europe continued to be the leading export market for vehicles manufactured in Portugal – with 97.5 percent – with Germany (19.6%), France (16.7%), Italy (15.7%), Spain (11.2%) and the United Kingdom (9.9%) top the ranking.
Assembly of heavy motor vehicles
Regarding the assembly of motor vehicles in Portugal, in April 2020, only 12 heavy vehicles were assembled, representing a decrease of 96.0 percent compared to the same month of the year 2019.
In the first four-month period of 2020, heavy vehicle assembly dropped 86.8 percent compared to the same period last year, representing 181 vehicles assembled in 2020.
For the first time, none of the vehicles assembled in Portugal were exported, yet 80.7 percent of the vehicles assembled in the four months of the year were exported.